Authentic Chinese food in Oud Metha 20 Reviews
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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008
There are a lot of places in Dubai that feel like some rich businessman has seen a picture in a book somewhere and decided to try and copy it. Lan Kwai Fong avoids this trap, capturing a genuine sense of a Chinese dining hall.
Authentic decor and a largely Chinese clientele means you feel like you’re getting the real thing. Massive portions at rock-bottom prices are the order of the day.
The appetiser platter is a great way to start, with crispy spring rolls and loaded prawn toast. However, the distinction between ‘starter’ and ‘main course’ is blurred to the point that everything is served at the same time, which makes dining a bit cramped, but does encourage sharing.
Definitely check out the spicy special fried rice, which adds a little extra kick to any dish, and if you only order one meal, make sure it’s the juicy, meaty, slow-cooked barbecued duck.
Portions strike a great balance between meat and veg, and it’s hot, flavoursome, filling, and tastes like the chef actually cares about creating a quality dish. Importantly, the food is MSG free, making it a slightly healthier choice – although with some dishes loaded with as much oil as an OPEC delegate, you’ll want to be sure your gym membership is up to date.
When it comes to dessert, the lychees with ice-cream is a literal description, in that you get two lychees with your scoop – maybe just stick with the mains, and you’ll be delighted at the impressive quality you get for the price you’re paying.
By Jeremy Lawrence
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